L'Olympia

1004 rue Sainte Catherine Est,
Montreal, QC H2L 2G2

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Built in 1925 as the Amherst Theatre, it opened on February 7, 1926, as a movie palace. It had 1,697 seats, and was designed by architects C.D. Goodman and C. Howard Crane. Emmanuel Biffra was the decorator. It has a beautiful interior in the style of the Spanish Renaissance. Boxes extend from each corner of the balcony. Originally, it showed films to the local French speaking population. Later, it was an English double-run house for several years until the 1940’s, when it returned to French language films. In 1969, it was renamed Arlequin Theatre.

For many years now as the Theatre L'Olympia, it has been used for live shows.

Contributed by Howard B. Haas

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spectrum on December 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

As of December 2010, they are still open and going strong. Their webpage (http://www.olympiademontreal.com/en/) shows some auditorium photos – it’s a low and wide autiroium, just a small shelf balcony in the back, most seats in the orchestra level.

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